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Hulksmash
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Hulksmash
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PostSun Aug 23, 2009 8:01 pm 
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I wasn't going to post i TR on this one since i have been to Blanca Lk so many times.  But what the heck.

I got to a late start on Saturday.   I decided to sleep in when i looked outside at the dreaded marine layer.  Later i noticed it was breaking up..so i jetted out the door.   I made it as far as Monroe when i realized i forgot my camera. mad.gif   So i back tracked all the way home to retrieve the camera.  I eventually made it to the trail head after 2pm shakehead.gif
I counted 25 cars at the trail head.  With such a late start i did not mess around.  Just headed up hill as fast as i could handle.  I counted groups as the came down.  By the time i reached Virgin lake i realized Blanca would be crowded.  As i suspected it was packed...all the established sites were taken.  Fortunately that does not matter when you pack a hammock hockeygrin.gif
Campsite
Campsite

Just need two trees.  I hung out for the night over a dry creek bed.
It was warm most of the night.  It was not until the sun rose, did it cold briefly as the marine layer rolled in.  Then began to rise above the lake level.
reflection
reflection

When the fog began to lift i had breakfast and headed up to Columbia Glacier.
Fog
Fog

The talus slopes between the lake and glaicer was full of active Pika an Marmonts.   
pika
pika
pika2
pika2
pika3
pika3

No close ups of Marmots  they were to shy.

The cloud layer broke up as i climbed the talus slope.  With ever changing views of the peaks.
Kyes
Kyes

I even spotted a climber on a summit ridge.
being watched
being watched

I  found the double water fall visible form the outlet of Blanca lake, not as impressive up close an personal for some reason
doubble falls
doubble falls
falls
falls
Troublsome creek
Troublsome creek

Just above the falls is Columbia Glaicer.
Columbia Glacier
Columbia Glacier
Blanca
Blanca
Rock
Rock
Blanca
Blanca
Blanca Lake
Blanca Lake
bozo blocking the view
bozo blocking the view

I have lots more photos but most of them for some reason randomly have this UFO in exactly the same place on the frame.  Dirty sensor?
UFO
UFO
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Magellan
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PostSun Aug 23, 2009 8:03 pm 
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Nice pictures Hulk.  up.gif  Brownie smudge?
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PostSun Aug 23, 2009 8:18 pm 
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I'm really glad you went back for your camera!  agree.gif  Love the shots of the falls and that view of Blanca is a nice change. What a gorgeous lake.

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PostSun Aug 23, 2009 10:13 pm 
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Nice perspectives of Blanca! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostSun Aug 23, 2009 10:16 pm 
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Outstanding photos of the Pika.  Your TP and photos make me really want to get up there this year.
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jeremybe
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PostMon Aug 24, 2009 5:45 am 
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Waterfalls, pika, Blanca: good stuff!   up.gif  up.gif

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Hulksmash
Cleaning up.



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PostMon Aug 24, 2009 10:57 am 
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Ok i managed to crop all the UFO's out, and make a 360* pano. hockeygrin.gif

360* Pano
360* Pano
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PostMon Aug 24, 2009 11:10 am 
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How was the hike around the lake Hulkster?  I figure you walked as opposed to rafting.

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goats gone wild
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PostMon Aug 24, 2009 11:25 am 
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Glad you did post a TR, hulk.  Great pictures of the pika.   up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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Hulksmash
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PostMon Aug 24, 2009 11:27 am 
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Well last year i did pack a raft in last year.  With the idea of floating across the lake.  Of course i don't have a Curtis inflatable.  The lake shore looks rugged, and i figured it was.  What i found is that it's not that bad.  It is easy enough that IMO it's not worth the extra effort to pack in even 1 pound of raft.  There was only one spot that i had to briefly use my hands, but only because the weight of an overnight pack changes my balance.
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PostMon Aug 24, 2009 11:46 am 
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Great job!   I've only been in there when the lake has been frozen, so that's been on top of my list for a return.  What BPJ said.  How is the trail/scramble to the N. end of the lake?

PS, see you answered BPJ, thanks doesn't sound too bad then.   up.gif

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PostMon Aug 24, 2009 1:04 pm 
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Nice to see ya made it to those double falls, thanks for sharing.

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PostTue Aug 25, 2009 5:43 am 
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How did you get that pika to hold still, nicepanorama hmmm.gif
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Hulksmash
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PostTue Aug 25, 2009 8:30 am 
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The little cute-n-fuzzy demonstrated absolutely no fear.  It was actually attracted to the sound of my camera shutter.
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